Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

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Random House, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 629 pages
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The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered one of the greatest. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu. With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became the epitome of the Marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question--at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a Marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize)

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Review: Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

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Good book on a great man, a leader of men, yet he exhibited a soft side where the family was concerned, real love for his wife and children, as he had for the men under his commands. Read full review

Review: Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC

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Hoffman presents a comprehensive biography of America's most famous Marine. Read full review


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Jon Hoffman is a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve & is currently in the field-history branch of the Marine Corps Historical Center. He has a master's degree from Ohio State, twelve years of active duty in the Marine Corps, & a J.D. degree from Duke University Law School. He has published many articles & one book, "Once a Legend", a biography of Major General Merritt "Red Mike" Edson, which won the Marine Corps' prize as the best book of the year. Hoffman lives in Virginia.

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